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Sing Out, Mr. President

Recent Sing Out, Mr. President

George W. Bush

February 25, 2011 Bush's image as a plain-spoken Southerner comes through in music by Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum.


William Jefferson Clinton

February 24, 2011 Bill Clinton's words sounded like a proverb to composer Zachary Wadsworth, who set them to music.


President Ronald Reagan

February 23, 2011 Ronald Reagan's words on peace and power convey a universal message to composer Jesse Wiener.


John F. Kennedy

February 22, 2011 Hear John F. Kennedy's exhortation of freedom and progress set to music by Robert Beaser.


Andrew Jackson

February 20, 2011 A young composer makes Old Hickory sing.



February 18, 2011 Paul Moravec mixes Revolutionary War music with Cold War sentiment in his setting of words from Ike.


Harry Truman

February 17, 2011 Hear our 33rd president's words on leadership set to music by celebrated composer David Ludwig.


Franklin Delano Roosevelt

February 16, 2011 Hear how composer Samuel Adler transforms FDR's iconic phrase about fear into a new song.


Woodrow Wilson

February 15, 2011 The president's firm belief in democracy rings true in a new song by Broadway composer Andrew Lippa.


Teddy Roosevelt

February 14, 2011 He "spoke softly and carried a big stick," but Roosevelt's words ring out loud in this new piece.


About This Series

From Washington and Jefferson to Obama and Bush, hear 16 new works based on the words of American presidents by composers Milton Babbitt, Paul Moravec, Jake Heggie, Nico Muhly and a dozen others throughout the month of February.

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About The Conductor

Judy Clurman
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Conductor and vocal educator Judith Clurman is the creator, music director and conductor of Essential Voices USA, a collaborative performing ensemble. She has been named Artist in Residence at NPR for February 2011, when her recording of Mr. President will be broadcast nationally. Long committed to the enduring value of education, she maintains an active coaching and teaching studio and continues to lead seminars, workshops and master classes at prestigious universities and conservatories around the world.

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